Net sales in 2018 total SEK 1,852.7 (1,787.9) million, an increase by 4 percent. Operating profit (EBIT) for the period amounts to SEK 196.5 (214.4) million. During the fourth quarter net sales increase by 3 percent to SEK 507.1 (494.7) million and operating profit (EBIT) amounts to SEK 61.2 (62.4) million. Our financial position is strong. Cash flow during the year amounts to SEK 167.4 (164.1) million and we have SEK 183.5 (205.1) million in liquid assets. At the end of the quarter, we are 1,629 employees at HiQ.
“Overall, full-year sales are higher than ever before despite a temporary slowdown in Finland in the first quarter and in Östergötland in the second quarter. In Gothenburg we did not meet our expectations in terms of earnings during the year. Therefore we have taken actions and made changes that has been starting to give effect during the fourth quarter. In general, the market saw healthy demand in 2018,” says Lars Stugemo, President and CEO HiQ.